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Pulsar P3 (Stainless)

The iconic Pulsar


The Pulsar P3 is perhaps the most well known and iconic of the Pulsar line with its futuristic curvy astronaut helmet shape. The P3 still looks futuristic 40 years later.

The Pulsar P3, the President's Preferred Timepiece in 1973

The P3 "Date Command" was introduced just one year after the first consumer model, the P2 and was the first digital watch with a date capability. The date is displayed by pressing the left button. The P3 has a "smart calander" which keeps track of the number of days in each month so the date never need resetting except after the last day of Feburary in a leap year. The P3 is one of the largest Pulsar models, but it remains comfortable to wear and is surprisingly light for its size.

President Ford in the Oval Office with Betty and his Pulsar P3

The P3 was available in stainless steel, 14 KT gold filled, and solid gold models by special order. The stainless model above was available with either a solid link bracelet or a hollow link bracelet. The solid link bracelet is a bit heavier but also feels a bit more solid, is more durable and is more sought after by collectors. The more common hollow link bracelet is lighter in weight but more fragile.

David Prowse a.k.a. Darth Vader and his Pulsar P3

The gold filled model was worn by President Gerald Ford (with a leather band) until he got in trouble from the press for wearing such a decadent wristwatch. It was deemed improper for the President to have accepted such a luxury wristwatch as a gift.

The stainless Pulsar P3 is the wristwatch of choice for dark rulers of the galaxy such as David Prowse, a.k.a Darth Vader.


Case: Excellent.
This stainless Pulsar P3 is in excellent condition with nice shape and brushing and no visible dings or scratches. The brushing has been touched up a tiny bit just to make it nice and bright and beautiful since the curvy shape of the P3 shows off the brushing in the most fantastic way. The case back is also minty perfect. It doesn't get much better.

Face / Hands: Excellent.
All LED digits and segments are complete and bright.

Crystal: Good.
The crystal has a few minor scratches across the top and one short but visible scratch toward the left side of the crystal. The edges are still sharp and the logo is crisp and complete.

Band / Bracelet: Very good.
This hollow link bracelet is excellent with nice brushing. The bracelet is in excellent condition with all of its original links and will fit a full sized 8" wrist. The clasp has a few tiny scratches and contains the original setting magnet and magnet holder.

Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
All functions work perfectly. Digital quartz accuracy. Actually, since quartz crystals actually improve with age and the original Pulsar accuracy was a phenomenal 30 seconds per year, these vintage Pulsars usually keep time better than most modern quartz watches!